8.00GB database file for MSN Messenger

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by GEN3RIC, Mar 23, 2006.

  1. GEN3RIC

    GEN3RIC Moderator Folding Team

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    It is shown here. It is 8.00GB if I allow protected system f iles to be shown. The properties show it as roughly 1.0mb. Why is it telling me its 8.00GB if its not? It all has somethign to do withit being protected Im sure, since the folder shows nearly no disk usage with these files hidden. Maybe just some enlightenment? I am so tempted to delete crap like this... :laugh:
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  2. Nismo83

    Nismo83 OSNN AZN Addict

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    oh gracious me~~ 8.00GB?

    have u tried checking the file size thru command prompt? Might be more accurate
     
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  3. GEN3RIC

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    Well you can see right there, size on disk is only 1.06mb. I dont know why its claiming its 8.00gb, but I know how to make a 0kb text file turn into many GB's just by using cmd prompt, so I know its not actually taking up space, but its just confusing me a little..
     
  4. Khayman

    Khayman I'm sorry Hal... Political User Folding Team

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    just checked mine, says the same thing :)
     
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  5. NetRyder

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    What you're seeing there is a sparse file. I'm not sure what they're using it for (something to do with folder sharing, maybe?), but it's only taking up 1.06MB because the filesystem doesn't actually store all the null bytes.

    More info about sparse files if you're curious: http://www.ntfs.com/ntfs-sparse.htm :)
     
  6. dave holbon

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    Interesting....
     
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  7. GEN3RIC

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    Awesome! Thanks a lot NetRyder!